Sometimes Small Efforts Create Big Change

Sofia Harriet TubmanI just learned that the inspiration behind putting Harriet Tubman on the $20 came from a 9 year-old girl named Sofia. Sofia wondered why there weren’t any women on our paper currency and took the initiative to write a letter to President Obama with a few suggestions. The Treasury Department ended up taking two of her suggestions: Eleanor Roosevelt and Harriet Tubman. Sofia said, “Some kids think, ‘I’m a kid, I can’t vote so I can’t make a change. But if you can think of a way you can do something–even if it’s small–it can turn into something huge.” Well said, Sofia! We love this girl. Thank you for inspiring us and our children.

To see more about Sofia’s story visit: Sofia’s story.
You might also be inspired by Jake’s story.
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Author: Heather Zachariah

Former Art Director for Home Magazine, Heather Leahy Zachariah, left her career in publishing after baby number number one. She now works from home as a freelance graphic designer and a chauffeur to her 3 busy kids. "Working on TipsFromTown has been a wonderful outlet for me. It renewed my love of publishing where I can design colorful, enticing pages online and allows me to share the things I love about being a mom." Heather grew up in Shaker Heights, Ohio, a place that still is near and dear to her. " After living in Brooklyn for 18 years and studying Graphic Design at Pratt Institute, she now lives in the Jersey burbs. "I love living so close to NYC, but in my heart, I'm an Ohio girl."